Third Grade Curriculum Overview

    Language Arts

    Third Grade is the time to refine and strengthen skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  Students possess many of the basic skills they need to recognize and decode new words and to write stories and reports.  They need frequent opportunities to develop fluency and fluidity in reading and writing.  However, as they exhibit new independence in their expanding repertoire of skills, they still love to be read to.  Do not give up those precious moments when you can read a favorite book together or chuckle over the antics of a storybook character.  This is a wonderful time to practice inflection and expression in oral reading.  They are able to see characters’ points of view and are able to anticipate events in a story line, as they become strategic readers.  It is not unusual for students to tackle challenging materials when motivated by a strong interest in a particular topic.  That is why every book that comes home from the library might be about a single subject such as snakes, sharks, volcanoes, and more.  Students find that reading is a valuable tool for gaining information about their world or about worlds unknown.


    Reading:  The Teacher’s College Reading Workshop Goal for all 3rd graders is to read at their just right level so that they are working on fluency, accuracy and high levels of comprehension.  Readers want to maintain stamina and volume so it is recommended that children read for at least forty minutes in school and at home, in order to read with engagement, fluency, accuracy and meaning. 


    • Teachers College Reading Workshop – District Reading Program.
      • Overview of the Year for Third Grade Readers

    Unit One – Building a Reading Life

    Unit Two – Studying Characters Across Series in Book Clubs

    Unit Three – Navigating Nonfiction:  Reading to Get the Text

    Unit Four – Learning Through Reading:  Countries Around the World

    Unit Five – Mystery Book Clubs

    Unit Six – Test Preparation

    Unit Seven – Biography Book Clubs

    Unit Eight – Social Issues Book Clubs



      Writing:  Students have been writing since they started their formal school experience.  Nowthey will need to refine their skills so that their writing reflects their age and ability.  We use the writing process approach in which students begin with a first draft before they revise, edit, proofread and publish.

    • Spelling – One of the best ways to improve spelling is by reading and writing.  To help with this process the spelling program combines words from the Reading program and focuses on specific characteristics and rules for spelling.
    • Writer’s Notebook – A tool that can be used throughout the stages of the writing process to collect ideas so that interests become writing projects.
    • Writing across the curriculum – In addition to specific writing lessons, there will be many opportunities for writing in reading, math, science, and social studies.



    There are three units to learn in third grade.  In all units, the emphasis will be on scientific observation and measurement, deductive and inductive reasoning, problem solving and theorizing.  The students in third grade will be changing classrooms for science this year. 


    • Skeletal System
    • Rocks and Minerals
    • Plant Growth
    • Here’s Looking at You 2000 – This is the district’s drug awareness and prevention program.





    In third grade students are developing the ability to see major mathematical ideas and weave them together to make even bigger discoveries for themselves.  Looking for patterns and relationships helps students see that there are endless connections in the realm of mathematics.  The goal of logical problem solving is to focus on the different ways to work a problem, to stick with a problem until a solution is found, and to appreciate the many ways there are to think about a mathematical problem.


    • Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach – This year, your third grader will focus on:
      • Building problem-solving skills and strategies
      • Using models to solve real-world problems involving the four operations
      • Making and interpreting data from bar graphs
      • Identifying fractions of a set
      • Finding angles and identifying lines
      • Understanding area and perimeter of figures



    Social Studies

    Children in third grade develop their research, writing and reporting skills as they study the election process, countries around the world, and individual states.


    • Citizenship
    • Countries Around the World – This is a research project in which each student selects a country and a holiday that he/she would like to learn more about.  You will be amazed by the variety of holidays that are celebrated around the world.
    • States – Students choose a state to research and report on.  The focus of this unit is to learn about the similarities and differences within our own country.
    • Scholastic News  – Bi-weekly current events subscription.